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This is the time of year I start thinking about what I should be working on in my backyard. It's a small city yard (about 400 square feet) and I know I don't have enough space for an outdoor structure, but I've certainly always wanted one!

I love the idea of a cabana in the backyard as a mini hideaway — they always remind me of being poolside in Miami or the Caribbean.

I think it's great when people convert their garage into something like this, but I would be just as happy with a Sunbrella fabric pavilion like the one below.

For more patio inspiration, see our Indoor-Outdoor Spaces or Inspiring Backyards photo galleries.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home May 2010 issue, photography by Ted Yarwood
2. House & Home July 2007 issue, photography by Stacey Brandford
3. House & Home April 2009 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
4. House & Home September 2008 issue, photography by Kim Christie 

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